To set an effective goal, make it specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound (S.M.A.R.T.).
Be certain that at the end of the journey, the goal you've reached is the right one, and the best way to do this is to set smart goals.
If you think S.M.A.R.T. when setting your goals, you'll have a good start towards getting things right.
"I'm going to work hard so I'll make more money next year" is fuzzy.
"I'm going to increase my income by 15 percent in 12 months, and here's [my plan] for how I'll do it"
The description of the goal needs to be specific, the plan for getting there needs to be specific and the means of measuring progress along the way need to be specific, which brings us to M.
"More" or "Greater" of "Stronger" aren't real measures, and don't tell you a great deal.
Time is also an important part of the equation. 2 weeks? 6 months? November 15th? If your goal is to bench press 150 times by November 15th, and come April you're only pressing less than 10, what does that tell you about meeting your goal?
The goal needs to be measurable and the steps need to be measurable. And the measures which tell you how you are doing should be quantifiable.
The measure may be in weight lifted, miles you ran, or dollars made or saved.
Tripling your income within 6 months may not be attainable if you have a 9 to 5 job at Wendy's, and you're working at an entry level wage.
It's all right to aim high and set high targets, but make sure it's attainable. Depending on your current situation, tripling your income within 6 years instead of 6 months may be more attainable.
You know yourself better; you know what you can achieve, set attainable goals!
An effective goal is relevant to your values and personal dreams. A relevant goal is one that has meaning, to you and to those around you.
It would seem obvious that working towards a goal that's irrelevant is a waste of time, yet too often we do just that.
Ask yourself whether the goal you set is relevant in line with your values.
If you've been setting goals but not achieving them, stop setting vague goals. Set effective goals. Use the SMART criteria for all of your personal goals.